News archive May 2014

30th May 2014

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Tom Cruise Lands in Trafalgar Square in an RAF Puma

Air Force Week in Photos

Allied air forces paved way for D-Day

AF pilot helps in airline emergency

Eglin AFB F-35s surpass 5,000 combined sorties

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Latest Voyager arrival completes ‘core’ fleet for RAF

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29th May 2014

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FLIR Systems Star SAFIRE 380-HDc Sensor Selected for Norway SAR on AW101 Helicopters

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Week of Night Stalker Activities Serves as a reunion for 160th family

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Reserve Medevac Company hones its skills at CSTX/Global Medic

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RAF’s new surveillance aircraft takes to the skies

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New deal to protect UK helicopters

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China fighters in ‘dangerous’ brush with Japanese planes

22 May: A 1945 Supermarine Spitfire LF Mk. IX, G-PMNF (TA805), departed the paved surface of the runway during landing at Biggin Hill, UK, tipping up on its nose and damaging the propeller (and, presumably, the engine). The pilot was not injured.

26 May: A 1943 Meyers OTW-160 biplane (identity unknown, but believed to be N34341, s/n 86), went off the end of the runway in Tehachapi, California, USA, ending up on its nose. Neither occupant was injured.
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21st May 2014

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Russian Helicopters at HeliRussia 2014

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Russian Helicopters boost success on Kazakhstan military aviation market

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RAF Hercules Joins Search for Missing British Sailors

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Exercise Eager Tiger brings together Jordanian F-16s, American F-16s, F-18s

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AAR to continue CH-47 component repair work

ILA: 999 no emergency for Hawk

ILA: Sea Lion to avoid past NH90 pitfalls, says Faury

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RAF forced to use binoculars to search for British sailors after patrol planes scrapped

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Brazil’s Embraer moving into defense with cargo plane

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US Senators Develop Plan to Keep A-10s Flying for One Year

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20th May 2014

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Elbit Systems of America Awarded Two Contracts to Upgrade Marine Corps AH-1W Attack Helicopters

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The RAF BBMF Visitors Centre is open this weekend (Sunday 25th May and Monday 26th May 2014)

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World War II Fighter Pilot Revisits RAF Shawbury

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RAF’s Russian Encounter

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RAF Typhoons Wow Lithuanian Crowds

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Video shows Syrian Arab Air Force Su-22 Fitter jet during rocket attack on Aleppo

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[Photo] French Rafale damages Refueling Probe while taking fuel from U.S. KC-135 tanker over Mali

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Rare NC-135W test bed for the Rivet Joint RC-135 spyplanes on a quick tour to the Eastern Mediterranean

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Barksdale’s B-52s to get the first woman commander of a combat Bomber Wing ever

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Polish Air Force Mig-29 and Royal Air Force Typhoon jets on Baltic Alert

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Russia to continue Mi-17V-5 deliveries to Afghanistan

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Saab responds to Swiss Gripen defeat

16 May: A 1945 Chance-Vought F4U-4 Corsair, N713JT (Bu.No. 97143, “Korean War Hero”) came to rest inverted in the grass next to the runway at Peachtree, Georgia, USA, after departing the side of the runway during a crosswind landing. Pilot Jim Tobul is reported to be relatively uninjured. Plans are already underway to repair the aircraft.

15 May: A 1941 North American AT-6C Harvard IIA, F-AZQR (c/n 88-12326), landing gear-up in a freshly-planted sunflower field near Pérignac, France, after an apparent engine failure. The pilot was not injured, and the aircraft appeared to have suffered only minor damage.
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16th May 2014

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2CAB unveils newest Chinook model

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Airbus Group delivers 300th on-time, on-budget UH-72A Lakota helicopter to U.S. Army

RAF Typhoon’s Involved in Latvian Intercept Mission

Air Force Week in Photos

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[Photo] All three F-35 variants fly together for the first time

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Rare footage about current North Korean Air Force. Featuring Mig-29s, Su-25s, AN-2s and Korean People’s Air Force One

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Russian Tu-95 Bomber Launches Six Cruise Missiles during Exercise

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Russian Su-24 Fencer ultra low flyby on highway as seen from the cockpit

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Two unknown F-14 Tomcat wing sweep stories to celebrate Top Gun Day

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Mexico starts A400M evaluation

ILA: German air force gets ready for A400M

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USAF reveals notional specifications for JSTARS replacement

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PICTURES: Korea air force academy to obtain 23 KAI KC-100s

F-35 becoming industry’s “dominant platform” – GKN

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Belgium seeks F-16 software upgrade

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US Plans $790M AT-6C Texan II aircraft Sale to Iraq

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Exercise Eager Tiger 2014 off to a roaring start

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Romania Welcomed Into The F-16 Family

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12th May 2014

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NAS North Island ceremony marks official opening of Hangar 370

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Northrop Grumman, Yamaha Motor, U.S.A., Collaborate on Unmanned Helicopter System Rotary Bat incorporates latest autonomous control, intelligence gathering technologies

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USARAK conducts training north of Arctic Circle

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[Video] Here’s What It’s Like Being On The Receiving End Of A MiG-21?s bomb in Syria

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Awesome Footage Brings You Aboard a Sukhoi Su-27 Flanker During Air Show over Crimea

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Sikorsky wins US presidential helicopter contract

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US Army begins grounding Kiowas, seeks buyers

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First flight achieved by an F-16 for Iraq

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Lockheed wins VADER contract

Lockheed pitches F-35 technology for US Army’s future vertical lifter

Turkey confirms F-35 procurement plans

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Jordan takes delivery of AC235 gunship

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USAF Gets First Upgraded B-52H Bomber

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Danish NATO warplanes land in Estonia amid Ukraine crisis

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Northrop Delivers Mode S Upgrade for the UK’s Sentry AWACS System

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Foxes Culled as 12 (B) Squadron Disbands

9 May: A 1943 North American AT-6C Texan, N164EW, crashed in a partially-wooded area near Roxbury, New York, USA. The owner/pilot was injured, but is expected to make a complete recovery.